Discover the Blue House – The Presidential Palace
The Blue House of the Korean President is also known as the Cheongwadae. Its first impression is a whole layer of blue that is of the tiled roof, the brick and the grass.
The architecture of the Blue House (Cheongwadae) includes the Main Office, Yeongbingwan (Government Guest House), the press center (Chunchugwan), the green grass garden (Nokjiwon), the Mugunghwa Valley and the Seven Palace. Each building here has a special architecture, elaborately designed and refined in traditional Korean style.
The main building is the main color of white with a gentle green tile roof above, creating a beautiful architectural space. Nearly 150,000 tiles have been used to create this architectural space. Each tile is meticulously made, ensuring the building is stable for hundreds of years. On the right side of the main building is Chunchugwan, where the President’s press conference is held and on the left hand side is Yeongbingwan, where the President holds major conferences for diplomacy.
Nokjiwon Garden is a place where the President often goes to plant trees on important occasions. Here is a very famous plant with over 310 years old. The Mugunghwa Valley is one of the most beautiful valleys with various colorful flowers, fountains and Phoenix bird statues. If you visit this place between July and October, you can see the full bloom flowers.
In addition, when visiting Cheongwadae, visitors should not miss the “Seven Palace”, which is an area with seven traditional palaces dating back to the Joseon Dynasty.
From the point of view of previous generations, the position of the present-day Cheongwadae which was a royal palace relic to the south of the capital during the Goryeo period of the Joseon era, Gyeongbuk-gung was built as the main palace. During 1910, the Korean government used the Gyeongbuk Palace as the government’s representative office.
After the independence of Korea, this building was used as a residence for the US Military Secretary. After the establishment of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea in August 1975, it became the residence of the President with the name Gyeongmudae. After the April 1960 Revolution, the Democratic Party took power and President Yun Bo-seon and he changed his name to Cheongwadae. In 1990, Chunchukwan – the press center and residence for the President’s family was built.
Visitors can visit the Blue House of the President to have the opportunity to admire the unique architecture and beautiful scenery here. Refer to Indochinapost’s cheap Korea tours for exact options.